by Karoline (or Caroline) Wilhelmine Leonhardt (1811 - 1899), as Caroline Leonhardt Pierson
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Gute Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Gute Nacht hat einen lieben Klang
Wenn es die Mutter spricht.
Mein holdes Kindchen schlafe lang,
Gute Nacht und rühr'dich nicht.
Gute Nacht ist ein gar frohes Wort,
Wen es der Müde nennt,
Der immer fleissig fort und fort,
Nicht Rast noch Ruhe kennt.
Gute Nacht, das tönt so sanft und mild,
Wenn's leise seufzt der Schmerz.
Es ist des Friedensengels Bild,
Beschwichtigt oft das Herz.
Gute Nacht ist gar ein schöner Ton,
Wenn es der Fromme sagt,
Dem an des ew'gen Vaters Tron
Ein bess'rer Morgen tagt.
Gute Nacht ist gar ein süsser Klang,
Wenn es die Liebe spricht;
Schlug an mein Herz von Zweifeln bang,
Gute Nacht, ichzweifle nicht!


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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Good night", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

Text added to the website: 2008-03-31 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:39
Line count: 20
Word count: 111

Good night
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
“Good night,” has a lovely sound
When Mother says it.
“My dear child, sleep well,
Good night and don’t fuss.” 
“Good night,” is such a charming phrase,
When said to the weary,
Who diligently strive on and on,
Knowing no relief until rest.
“Good night,” sounds so soft and mild,
When softly whispered to one in pain.
It conjures the Angel of Peace,
So soothing to the heart.
“Good night,” is such a beautiful sound,
When said by the pious,
To those before the Father’s throne
Looking forward to a better dawn.
“Good night,” has such a sweet sound,
When it’s spoken out of love;
When my heart pounds with doubt, [I hear]
“Good night,” [and] have no more doubts!


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Text added to the website: 2020-01-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2020-01-03 18:03:07
Line count: 20
Word count: 120